Uli Weinberg explores the future of higher education in Egypt

From April 4-6, 2019 HPI D-School Director Prof. Uli Weinberg traveled to Cairo to attend the first Global Forum on Higher Education and Scientific Research, following the invitation of the Egyptian Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Khaled Abdel Ghaffar.


[Translate to Englisch:] Uli Weinberg at GFHS panel discussion


The GFHS conference and exhibition was bringing together more than 5.000 international leaders from the fields of scientific research, innovation, higher education and politics. The conference aimed at envisioning the next ten years of higher education and research in a global, networked world.

Together with A. Trey Traviesa, Chairman and CEO at MGT Consulting Group; John C. Cavanaugh, President and CEO of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area; Carita Prokki, Director at Tampere University of Applied Sciences; Matthias Knaut, Vice-President for Research at the HTW Berlin; and Luciano Saso, Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Medicine at Sapienza University of Rome, Uli Weinberg was part of a panel discussion on the “Future of Universities”.

During the discussion, he presented the HPI School of Design Thinking as a prototype for learning environments in the 21st century. The panel agreed that it is necessary to fundamentally rethink the academic system in the times of digital change.



Visiting the American University in Cairo

After the conference, Uli Weinberg also visited the American University in Cairo (AUC) which has been a network partner of the HPI D-School since June 2018.

He met with Hoda Mostafa, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Learning and Teaching, and her team and gave a spontaneous input to the participants of a Design Thinking bootcamp that had just started in cooperation with the Clothing Bank.



Photo: Global Forum on Higher Education and Scientific Research / Videos: Uli Weinberg